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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Teddy's Turn

Teddy's Turn
I ran across this story at Autism Diva's blog, who found it at MOM-NOS' blog. A very important story about an 11 year old boy who attempted to share his story with the class when the teacher brought up Autism. She pulled him aside and told him it was personal and to keep it to himself. The principal justified the censoring by citing other students' privacy might by violated by Teddy sharing his own story.
http://media.phillyburbs.com/bcct/slideshows/teddysturn/
This is the slideshow Teddy created and the next link is the news article about the situation.
http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/111-04152007-1330719.html

"“I'd tell them I'm one of the kids with autism and sometimes kids with autism get picked on,” Teddy explained recently in his family's Newtown Township kitchen. “It's not their fault; it's just because they have autism.”

The fifth-grader asked his mom about talking about autism at his school, Goodnoe Elementary. He thought April would be the perfect time since its autism awareness month.

What an awesome idea, Irene Willis told her son. After all, when Teddy spoke about his disability in his social skills class in February, he made a new friend. He also wrote about his autism for a school report.
[snip]
“I just want people to treat me better, like one of the other normal kids. If many people knew about autism, then they might think about what the person's good at and not what the person isn't good at.”

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2 Comments:

Blogger mcewen said...

It's great to hear that kind of self advocacy. Certainly made my day.
Best wishes

12:58 PM  
Blogger mcewen said...

Hi I wanted to email you after you left a comment on my blog but I can't find an email address for you on your profile.
You mentioned that you'd taken a road trip and blogged it, but you don't seem to have a second blog and it's not here - can you point me in the right direction please?
mapless person

2:51 PM  

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